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Rock Music Made Visible

Is heavy metal rock music harmful? This is a question I hear many times, especially from concerned parents. I usually answer that question with, “It depends.” Any style of music can have what you might call healing qualities and/or detrimental qualities. You can refer...

Bach to Brilliance – on Being Human

For as long as I can remember, since I started playing the classical guitar, whenever I’m not feeling well, I pick up my guitar and play Bach. There was something about his music that always made me feel better. Many years ago, when I was caring for my Mom as she...

Your Musical Mind

Is music hard-wired within us or is our response to music a result of our culture? This is a musical version of the question posed by scientists for many years: “Are we a product of biology or the environment?” Another way we phrase this question is by asking, “Is...

Whistle While You Work

We see more people than not these days with white cords dangling from their ears like spaghetti. We love our music, don’t we? We dance to it. We sing along with it. We eat our meals accompanied by it. We drive to work with it. We study with it. We shop with it...